Members of the advisory board are:
Executive Director Schweizer Kaderorganisation (SKO)
Jürg Eggenberger studied Economics at the University of Zurich and completed a master's degree in services marketing and management as well as further education in organizational development. Since 2013, he is managing director of the Swiss cadre organization SKO (www.sko.ch) and board member of the sfb Bildungszentrum. Previously, he was Rector of Kalaido University of Applied Sciences and has held senior management functions and seats in boards of directors as well as in foundations in various industries. He is co-author of the practice-oriented textbook "Flexible Workforce - Fit for the Challenges of the Modern Work Environment?".
«Why do I participate in this project? Firstly, because the SKO supports goals, projects and measures to realize true equality of men and women. Secondly, because the proportion of women at management level in Switzerland stagnates – despite many initiatives. Switzerland has one of the lowest rate of women in management positions compared to EU countries. The quality of women's leadership cannot be the reason why women are not getting leadership positions. Research has long shown that mixed-gender teams increase the quality of decision-making and increase creativity and innovation, as well as better reflect market needs. For demographic reasons too, it makes sense to increase the proportion of women in the labor market. The promotion of women also affects men. They feel threatened as thought patterns are broken and behaviors are questioned. Their inclusion in funding programs is so far poor. They need to be able to understand what the added value of promoting women is for the company and, for those affected as victims, in order to be able to support measures. The project aims to cover this gap.»
Founder of Gender Diversity Consulting Do-it-smart and owner of the Teilzeit AG
Over 10 years of experience in the strategic anchoring and operational implementation of flex work and gender diversity in medium and large companies.
«With the campaign "Teilzeitmann" (part-time man), more than 100'000 men could acquire part-time positions. With this expertise, it was a must for me to support the initiators in this important project.»
Head of Diversity at Suva
Betina Balitzki is a passionate and highly experienced senior diversity expert with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Her different roles, e.g. as Operations Executive, HR Manager, Product Manager or Area Sales Manager, enable her to ask and answer strategic, intercultural and human questions extensively and with deep understanding.
Her background is in business and languages. She holds a Master's degree in Business from the University of The Hague. Various further training courses, e.g. as facilitator for change and innovation (IDEO) and Strategies for Female Leadership (IMD), as well as a degree as HBDI Coach II, help her in her daily interaction with people and in projects.
Due to her many years of responsibility as Head of Diversity from 2009 to 2015 at SWISSCOM AG, she was able to build up a large network in the Swiss economy, in politics and in education. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of SWONET, a sponsor of Generation CEO and supports various projects at universities on diversity and inclusion.
"People and opportunities is my passion in the sense of diversity and to enable maximum use of potential and innovation".
Her mother tongue is German. She has grown fond of English and Dutch, as well as her husband and children, with whom she lives in the centre of the Swiss capital of Berne.
Product Owner, Drupalista at Liip
Josef works as a consultant for the open source web technology Drupal as well as Scrum and other agile practices at the interface of different interdisciplinary teams.
"Equal opportunities and a diverse team are important to me. Over the last few years as a manager, I have come to appreciate working with a wide variety of people both locally and internationally. I am convinced that we and our clients can only benefit if leadership is balanced, irrespective of gender or age. Most interesting to me is the question to which extent self-organization and diversity are connected. I am looking forward to some exciting research results, as well as a lively exchange within the project."
Diversity expert, columnist, member of management board, lecturer as well as HR business partner AXA
Yvonne Seitz built up diversity management at AXA - the largest Swiss insurance company - and received various awards, including the Prix Balance and the Prix Egalité. Today, she passes on her knowledge at various universities and universities of applied sciences as well as in diversity coaching. In addition, she has been writing about the changes in the workplace as a columnist for 5 years. Yvonne Seitz is also a foundation council and board member. The focus of her work is always on demographic, social as well as technological change and the associated effects on human resources policy. Prior to this, the mother of two children worked for eight years as editor, presenter and producer at Swiss Television SRF and 3sat. The magazine "Women in Business" voted Yvonne Seitz one of the top 100 women in Switzerland in 2017.
"Why do I participate? For me, diversity has always meant bringing different perspectives together. This is because I am convinced that a diversity of perspectives leads to more innovation and better - because more comprehensively thought-out - solutions. Unfortunately, diversity too often is reduced to the topic of "promoting women". But diversity is much more than that: it is the inclusion of difference, whereby all sides can benefit from each other. In other words, if diversity works, then 1+1 = 3. So it is essential to also include the voice of men and to listen carefully what they have to say about diversity in terms of questions and ideas. Because the future will demand new paradigms from us...and for this we need the cooperation of women AND men".
Change Management and Communication Expert, HR Manager and Co-Owner of a Start-up Company
Diana Kugelmann studied business administration at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University and Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. As a consultant, change manager (and in the last ten years as HR director and member of the executive board in well-known Swiss SMEs), she accompanies companies in change and transformation processes in HR topics, change management, communication and culture change. In addition, she runs an innovative retail concept in Zurich on Europaallee with her husband.
“During the course of my career, and increasingly today, I am concerned and occupied with the issue of the "future of work". Not only from a demographic point of view due to the shortage of skilled workers, but also because it is becoming more and more apparent that we are dependent on women in many different areas of professional life. Women now make up more than half of all university graduates yet still occupy a relatively small share of management positions. This is incomprehensible to me and needs to change. ,.
Encourangly, however,I have met many great men in my professional life who really want to treat women and men equally and, in their eyes, are actively doing so. Unfortunately, the facts on the subject of equality in the workplace currently still speak a different language. The question is : how do we now arrive at the outcome of social development and genuine equality that the majority of us desire?
This challenge can only be overcome together, with the inclusion of all genders, including men and without recriminations and accusations.
I am very excited and optimistic about the findings and the possible future pathways this Research Project, starting here, will uncover.”